FAQ

THE MOST COMMON QUESTIONS

Frequently asked questions

Details and Requirements - Key Features


Number of students per workshop: minimum 1, maximum 3 students

Duration*: minimum 2, maximum 5 days
4 days is the recommended length, as it is indeed the ideal timeframe for putting
together a very effective itinerary, and it still allows enough free time
for a few good image processing/image critiquing sessions.
*upon request the maximum duration can be extended up to 7 days. Please inquire for prices.

Workshops Availability
Year around - Particularly scenic in Fall and Spring

Difficulty

Easy. Most of the shooting locations are directly accessible by car. A few of them require short hiking of no more than a few hundred meters one way on easy trails, with little or no elevation gain.


What's included
- full time in-the-field tutoring and instructions
- at least one image processing class (min. 2 hours) per workshop
- all travel costs from the B&B to the shooting locations and back (fuel, tolls, tickets, etc.)

- lodging costs of the instructor.

What's not included
- Travel costs for reaching the accommodation

- hotels/B&B rates

- entrance fees (if any)
- meals and beverages



Insurance
All participants must be in possession of a valid Health and Accident Insurance with repatriation cover.




Key Skills You Will Learn


- build a strong technical background
- learn how to frame effective compositions
- recognize how the quality of the light, the time of the day and weather conditions can play
in your favour for producing strong images with higher artistic content
- learn when and how use filters
- understand how and when breaking the rules can be helpful for creating images of more impact
- learn how to pre-visualize, compose and shoot panoramas
- learn how to pre-visualize, compose and shoot very long exposures with the help of strong ND filters
- advanced techniques of image processing with the most common software tools such as Photoshop and Lightroom




Prices, Payment and Cancellation Policy


Prices*

2 days, 1 student: 1.150,00 € + VAT 22%**
3 days, 1 student: 1.500,00 € + VAT 22%** 4 days, 1 student: 1.850,00 € + VAT 22%** 5 days, 1 student: 2.150,00 € + VAT 22%**

*a discount applies for groups of 2 or 3 photographers:
2 photographers pay each one 75% of the base rates above,
3 photographers pay 65% of the base rates.
Of course partners and/or friends who are not active photographers
are always welcome to join for free.
** VAT (Valued Added Tax) is not applicable - and it will not be charged -
for businesses and/or companies from outside the European Union How to make a reservation please use the form in this page for contacting me. Fill in all fields and let me know about the desired dates, duration and number of photographers. I will be back to you right away with my best quote and a detailed, personalized itinerary that will take into account your particular needs, the chosen duration, the period of the year, the expectable weather conditions and that will in any case be tailored to match your highest expectations.

Deposit
A deposit of 35% of the total amount is due at the moment of the reservation,
this is required to secure your place at the workshop.
The final balance payment is due no later than 15 days before the beginning of the workshop.

Accepted payments
Bank Transfer, Credit Cards, Paypal

Cancellation policy
If you cancel within 60 days before the workshop start, you will be refunded the deposit minus 100,00 € as administrative fee. No refund will be issued for cancellations received with 60 days or less remaining before the workshop starting date.
Please note that there is no exception to this policy. For this reason it is strongly recommended
to purchase refundable plane/train tickets only and endow yourself with a trip cancellation insurance.
All cancellation request must be in writing.




Accommodations


There are two 3 stars bed & breakfast located less than 10 minutes away from where I live,
and thus very handy for picking the students up on every morning.


Tenuta La Cascinetta
Agriturismo Il Torrione

Price: 70-90 € per night depending on season. Continental breakfast included.

Both accommodations are situated in the green, peaceful countryside about 20 kms. south of Turin,
they are very nice and comfortable, recently restored and regurarly maintaned.
All rooms come with ensuite bathroom and wi-fi connection.
Of course you can choose a different venue, provided that it is not too far from where I live.
If you need assistance in choosing your accommodation please contact me.




Clothes and Accessories


Weather in Piedmont is very variable, particularly in Fall and Spring, when you can experience
blue skies and pouring rain in the same day. In Winter it snows quite often and temperatures
below 0°C are very common, while in summer is often very humid and hot.
So, how to be dressed here really depends on the season.
Here's a list of the most common items you should always wear/have with you for outdoor activities:

- comfortarble walking shoes
- gumboots (optional, but useful in certain situations such as rivers and lakes)
- wind/rain proof jacket
- a warm pullover
- headdress
- sunscreen
- sun glasses
- Head lamps and batteries




Camera Gear - Recommended Equipment


- Tripod
- Dslr camera
- Camera user's manual
- Wide angle to normal zoom lens, at least 24/70 mm on a full frame sensor, the equivalent on cropped sensors. Ideally one 16/35 mm and a 28/70 mm
- Long tele zoom lens - 70/200mm is enough, 300mm is recommended
- Enough storage cards for at least 16 GB
- Extra Camera batteries
- Photography backpacks come in handy to protect the equipment if it rains and to facilitate transfers from a shooting location to another
- polarizer filter
- a set of Graduated ND filters, at least a 2 and a 3 stops (it is ideal to have all the range from 1 to 4 stops)
- ND filters for long exposures, ideally one 10 stops and one 6 stop
- remote (or cable) switch
- for the image processing session, a laptop with Photoshop CS3 or newer and Lightroom 3.x or newer